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Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing

The National Community Development Initiative is a partnership among HUD, private foundations, and financial institutions using intermediaries -- Local Initiative Support Corp and the Enterprise Foundation, to increase the capacity and ability of community-based organizations to undertake community development activities.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The program mission and program design are clear and HUD oversight is sound. By increasing the capacity of community organizations, the program has helped these organizations be the most productive affordable housing developers, according to an independent study.
  • The program has good performance measures, tracking, and evaluations. Program partners track progress through work plans and reports, and complete analysis of program through long-term studies.
  • The program effectively leverages private sources. It receives $10 in private donations for every $1 of public funds; it passes 75% of funds to Community Development Corporations.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Working with the Congress to consolidate the program into a reformed Community and Development Block Grant program to better target the neediest communities and to achieve more ambitious results.
  • Developing long-term outcomes to capture the effect investments have on communities. This effort will be aligned with the Administration's broader community and economic development reforms.
  • Developing program website, including links to Local Initiative Support Corp and Enterprise. This effort will be aligned with the Administration's broader community and economic development reforms.

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